Day 9: New Birth

Our Mickey (meaning gift from God) who we took home a month after burying our cat, Coco (who was run over before his first birthday). Mickey (or Gembie= Dutch for Gingy as we call him sometimes)

In the same way I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born,” says the Lord. “If I cause you the pain, I will not stop you from giving birth to your new nation,” says your God.

Isaiah 66:9 CEV

I bless us to get up in the truth, to stand upright and unashamed, abiding in our God’s covenant of peace. I bless us to pick up our mats – to lay down any offences we are now (maybe even unknowingly) resting upon and to walk by faith into the LORD’s restoration, compassion and redemption for not just our loved ones, but for us too. 

I bless us to step into the courage and strength of our God, to not be afraid or terrified of the enemy, but to deep down know our God goes with us and will never ever leave or forsake us, or our loved ones. I bless us now to call on our God in truth. I bless us to open our eyes to see according to the Word of God, to call upon His Name and authority for us in sincerity, cleansed of all unrighteousness by His blood.

I bless us to praise God that it’s no longer we who live but Christ in us. I bless us to declare and walk into the truth that God has and will continue to perfect His power in our weakness. I bless us to declare God’s grace to all, as we boast in our weakness to His glory. I bless us with new birth.

I thought the piercing  
Was my God's spurning
The sword of truth
From my lips
The Son of God's interceding
Life to death ceding.

But now, I know
The double-edged sword
Is but our double portion reaping
Christ's weeping, bearing seed
For the sowing, I AM coming home
With shouts of joy 'n sheaves of gold.

Christ's yielding to the Father's
Good and perfect will
Resurrection in death birthing
In a holy overshadowing
The veil from His Bride
The Bridegroom's lifting.

Hidden in Christ
I AM in wonder and awe
To new life awaking
The hidden manna now
A lamp unto my feet
And a light unto my path.

In the fountain of grace glowing
I AM living water ever flowing
In truth and grace
Compassion's kissing
I AM my Beloved's
And my Beloved is mine.

No longer divided
I know my heart's wholly
In Christ's blood united
I AM the broken bread
In thanksgiving to the Father
Lifted and lifting.
The night before Coco got run over God took me to the story of Ruth and Boaz. He asked me to look at the Redeemer’s delight in having Ruth lie at his feet in complete trust and surrender. And amazingly at that moment, Coco came up and stretched out his whole body at my feet. I felt my heart swell with such affection and delight in him doing that and then God said to me: “And Anna, that’s how I feel when you do that for me.” I was like “wow”! I had never looked at it the other way around. But I saw how true it was: as my heart just melted as Coco did that in such sweet surrender and trust of my love for him. Little did I know how timely this gift was, not just for me, but also for our two daughters, who would grieve deeply with us in the days to come.


  1. You’ve brought tears to my eyes, remembering that sweet gift of Coco and how the Lord brought such grace to you all through him. Lying at your feet in trust and surrender–oh may I too entrust myself to my precious Lord. I am in awe of the way He blessed you to share that grieving and new life together. May little Mickey bring you joy and laughter now.


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